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2007 WBC Report  

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Alex Bove, PA

2007 Champion

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Event History
2004    Perrianne Lurie     63
2005     Kevin Walsh     61
2006    Chris Trimmer     48
2007     Alex Bove     40

Euro Quest Event History
2004    Arthur Field     30
2005     Christian Moffa     22
2006    Alex Bove     27
2007     Alex Bove     19

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Alex Bove          PA    07     89
  2.  Arthur Field       SC    06     84
  3.  John Kerr          VA    06     48
  4.  Raphael Lehrer     MD    07     47
  5.  Kevin Walsh        NY    07     45
  6.  Rod Spade          PA    07     42
  7.  Chris Moffa        NJ    06     42
  8.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06     30
  9.  Perrianne Lurie    PA    04     30
 10.  Chris Johnson      CA    05     16
 11.  Mike Kaltman       PA    07     15
 12.  Tom Browne         PA    05     15
 13.  Jim McDanald       TN    07     12
 14.  Jason Levine       NY    06     12
 15.  Andrew Gerb        MD    05     12
 16.  Daniel Eppolito    CA    05     12
 17.  Lee Sensabaugh     VA    04     12
 18.  Peter Staab        PA    05      9
 19.  Mario Lanza        PA    04      9
 20.  David Norman       UK    05      8
 21.  Sam Atabaki        CA    07      6
 22.  Charlie Kersten    OH    06      6
 23.  Brian Reynolds     MD    04      6
 24.  Rob Kircher        RI    07      4
 25.  Rob Flowers        MD    05      4
 26.  Michael Fox        IL    06      3
 27.  Andrew Greene      VA    04      3
 28.  Phil Rennert       MD    04      3

2007 Laurelists

Raphael Lehrer, MD

Jim McDanald, TN

Mike Kaltman, PA

Sam Atabaki, CA

Kevin Walsh, NY

Past Winners

Perrianne Lurie, PA

Kevin Walsh, NY

Chris Trimmer, TX

Chris Trimmer, Jeff Mullet and Craig Moffit vie in the Preliminaries.

Gerald Lientz, Mavin Birnbaum and Rex Lehman ponder their options.

A New Class of Laurelists

40 "Goaites" showed up for this year's event which was played using a mulligan round as a single elim event. When the preliminary smoke had cleared 12 players advanced to the semi-finals. Mike Kaltman's 55 points was the highest winning score of the first round and Rich Moyer's 42 was the lowest. Your GM had a 54 in winning his game but opted out of the semi to play Crokinole Jr. with my daughter.

The four semis were as follows:

Alex Bove had a comfortable 49 points to defeat Mike Nickoloff (42), Sam Athbaki (42) and Rich Moyer (38) to advance. Raphael Lehrer had the highest score of the tournament with a 56 to defeat Kevin Walsh (43), Stephen Fitchett (39) and Chris Moffa (38).

In the last semi-final, train game regular Jim McDonald showed he can play the high strategy end Euros as well with a 44-point win. Mike Kaltman's 42-point second place finish was good enough to make the cut and advance based on highest % of the winner's score. Daniel Eppolito was third with 37 and Michael Isgur had 34.

I now turn it over to our winner Alex Bove for his take on the Final: "I started the game with the flag, which sold for eight ducats, and I paid nine more for a double-clove plantation (my only plantation of the game). In the first action round, I advanced my colony track but was denied access to nutmeg by the others, all of whom colonized with their first actions. I chose the pepper/cinnamon plantation instead, and this was the first major turning point of the game. While everyone else went for the card track, I pursued the spice track, getting quickly to the bottom (and earning extra expedition cards).

By mid-game, I began focusing on the card track and using extra actions, mostly earned by winning the flag (Jim MacDonald and I traded the flag for most of the game: Raphael earned it once, and Mike never had it). Raphael reached the bottom of the card track early but stalled a bit since he'd run out of boats and was short on cash. Jim developed fairly evenly with a slight emphasis on the card track until the late game, when he pushed the boat track all the way to the bottom. Mike tried a card/spice strategy but was short on money and actions throughout.

The last couple of rounds featured a few important moves that I should note. In Round 6 I was able to use the "mixed harvest" expedition card to produce eight boats, which helped me push the card track to the bottom. On Round 7 I traded the "Swap" tile for the "Espionage" tile and used Raphael's colony level (level 5) to found my final colony (Calicut). Then I used a couple of "advance with spices and no boats" to make a late push of the colony track to level 4. In the final round, I secured most cash by passing on the "3 Expedition Card" tile in auction and letting Mike buy it for 24 ducats from Jim (who was broke). Spreading out their cash made my total the highest, and those three victory points were the difference in the game.

My final score broke down as follows:

Development tracks: boats (0), spices (10), taxes (0), cards (10), colonies (6)
Colonies: all four (10)
Most cash (3)
Expedition cards (five cards for 7 VP)"

The final score was Alex 46, Raphael Lehrer 44, Jim McDonald 41 and Mike Kaltman 39 for a very close game!

2007 Euro Quest Laurelists

Alex Bove, PA

Rod Spade, PA

Raphael Lehrer, MD

Michael Kaltman, PA

Rob Kircher, RI

 GM      Bruce Reiff [1st Year]   NA
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